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2-Time Super Bowl Champion Retires: Fans React

New Orleans Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 21: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints signals to the crowd as he runs off the field following the 40-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins has announced his retirement from the game of football after 13 impressive seasons in the NFL.

The 34-year-old defensive back took to Twitter to make his announcement on Wednesday morning.

"Grateful. After 13 seasons, my time on the football field has come to an end. I’m just a boy from Piscataway, who through this game, became a champion in the sport and a champion for the people. My time on the field may be over, but I’ll never stop fighting for the people," he wrote.

The NFL world took to Twitter to react to this news. "One of my favorite players and the definition of a champion," one fan wrote. "THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING 27!!! One of my all time favorites @Eagles huge part of the super bowl run. Enjoy retirement," another added.

Jenkins, a former standout DB for Ohio State, was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft. In his rookie season, he helped his new NFL squad to a Super Bowl title. He later returned to New Orleans for his final two NFL seasons in 2020.

"Congrats to @MalcolmJenkins Helped us win a Super Bowl as a rookie in 2009, retires as a Saints captain in 2022  Thank you for your leadership in the locker room and the community - cant wait to see the impact you have in your next chapter," the Saints organization wrote on Twitter.

After opening his professional career with five years in New Orleans, Jenkins made his way to Philadelphia in 2014. There, he earned all three of his Pro-Bowl selections and helped the Eagles to another Super Bowl championship in 2017.

"A leader on and off the field. Congratulations on an incredible career, @MalcolmJenkins!" the Philly franchise wrote.

Jenkins finishes his 13-year NFL career with 191 starts, 21 interceptions, 110 passes defended, 20 forced fumbles, 13.5 sacks and 1,044 total tackles.